I like Ariana Delawari. So does David Lynch. Her impressive debut, “Lion of Panjshir” was released by Lynch’s label, David Lynch MC (with a vinyl release following in Spring on Manimal). Lynch also gets credit for mixing the record and he produced a track called “Suspend Me,” a smokey, woozy lullaby – so Lynch.
I’ve been following Delawari since October when I heard her now-elusive cover of Madonna’s “Crazy for You.” The story of her recording the album in Kabul at her parent’s house was also ear catching. I hear she’s co-directing a film about it with David’s wife, Emily Lynch.
Here’s what David Lynch says about Ariana:
“ARIANA WRITES GREAT SONGS – THEY ARE FILLED WITH FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS FROM HER LIFE – HER LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD AND LIFE IN AFGHANISTAN WHERE HER ROOTS ARE – ANCIENT AND MODERN FLOW TOGETHER HERE – THIS MIXTURE OF CULTURES AND HER MELODIES AND LYRICS CONJURE A GREAT UNIQUE FEELING IN PEOPLE – PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED AND EMOTIONALLY MOVED BY THIS MUSIC — ARIANA’S GOT SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT AND SHE DOES IT REAL WELL – IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DEBUT ALBUM SHE’S MADE.”
He gets to write in all caps because he’s David Lynch. Dig this red curtained teaser he shot showcasing Delawari and her music:
There’s also an interview with Delawari up at David Lynch Foundation Television. Check it out to see some of the wild Afghani instruments used on the record.
More and pictures at Flavorpill too.
Get Ariana Delawari’s “Be Gone Taliban” track go here on Indie Ear.